A huge part of life is failing. When ever you are approaching something new, there is always the risk to fail.
Being at the formula student competition in Germany, I need to deal with a huge setback right now. Unfortunately our car will not be finished in time to make it trough scrutineering, therefore we will not be able to participate in any dynamic event of the formula student competition.
So, how do we handle this kind of situation? Do we lose our motivation and stop doing anything at all, or do we actually use this situation in order to improve even further?
Having invested so much energy and time, a whole years input was basically just not good enough to make the car running. This is of course pretty destructive in nature and can lead to an increase of team internal tensions, but in the end, we need to find a way to overcome this situation and learn from the mistakes that were made during the season.
Keeping this in mind, failing can actually help you to improve even further, because you tested the system until its limits and set a new benchmark for future seasons.
Therefore we can conclude, that going through setbacks can be quite hard, but over time and with the right mindset, you will push through and become even stronger.
Approaching this with a kind of “what doesn’t kill me make me stronger” type of platitude, this is actually the truth. You will get stronger through failing or pushing through setbacks.
But how do we actually do this?
Of course we need some time at the beginning to get over it. Sometimes it is even the best, to stop doing what ever you are doing at all and just rest for a couple of days. But after this, you need to convert all this negative energy into something positive. You need to get back on your feet, clean your mind from all those distractive thoughts and get back to work.
This is of course easier said than done, but what are your options? Stop doing it and giving up? That is not an option! You need to push through! Reach for the stars again and next year, it will be better! I can promise you that!
See you next time!